How to: Layering necklace

How-to Guide: Layering Necklaces

Layering Necklaces

Many women today are opting for bold, chunky necklaces in geometric shapes and bright colours that make a big statement all on their own. They can make daintier chains look downright flimsy by comparison, but don't give up on your more delicate favourites. By strategically layering several together, you'll achieve a result greater than the sum of its parts.

Layer in levels

The most important thing when wearing multiple necklaces is to vary the lengths. Try mixing shorter, finer chains with longer, thicker ones. You might find that doubling longer strands gives you just the effect you're looking for.

Charmed, I'm sure

It can be fun to pile on two or more necklaces or chains with beads or small charms interspersed. An easy look to pull off is a shorter pendant, with a longer graduated bead chain. Or stick to a theme, with the same or similar shapes hanging from chains of different lengths.

Layers of colour

Necklaces go from basic to elaborate, with the introduction of colour gemstones and pearls. You can drape bright, primary colours of gems or beads together or stay within the same colour family for a softer look.

Love those links

Experiment with a variety of chains of different link styles and lengths. You can opt to stay within the same colour palette – like all rose gold or all silver – or go for a combo. You can even find multi-strand necklaces that create this look for you. Lariat necklaces are another great way to add length and visual interest, at the same time.

Consider your clothes

The neckline of your outfit will help determine, which necklaces you use for layering. Deep necklines lend themselves perfectly to framing your jewellery, but shirts and blouses with higher necklines can work nicely, too. For example, wear a few shorter charm or pendant necklaces peeking out from a collared top. Layered chains are also a great way to dress up a basic V-neck tee.

Break the "rules"

Oh, and those substantial, heavy necklaces we mentioned earlier? Go ahead and combine them with others, but tread lightly. With big, bold styles that make a statement, you'll probably just want one simple, slightly longer chain or a 'collarette' style necklace to create a dramatic impact.

So, what's the common strand in all this layering advice? Have fun! Go for something unexpected, try blending pieces you've never worn together before, and dig out those old chains you've given up on. Layering necklaces is your chance to create a look that's distinctly yours; no one else owns the same exact collection of jewellery as you, right? So play around with what you've got and when you're out shopping, think about how necklaces might work with your existing pieces. You'll never settle for just one again.